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Is there a proper technique to perform a fingerstick glucose test?

Is there a proper technique to perform a fingerstick glucose test?

Not really: Hi. It's so easy, it's like falling outta bed! Hands should be clean, but unless you have a dirty job, no one washes just for testing if your hands are reasonably clean. Don't dip your fingers in honey over the test site; glucose on the skin would, of course, influence results. Otherwise, no special routine. No one uses alcohol pads (like they do at doctors offices, etc). It's SO easy! Good luck! ...Read more

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Blood Sugar (Definition)

The blood sugar concentration or blood glucose level is the amount of glucose (sugar) present in the blood of a human or animal. The body naturally tightly regulates blood glucose levels as a part of metabolic homeostasis. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body's cells, and blood lipids (in the form of fats and oils) are primarily ...Read more


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How is the one hour glucose test performed?

How is the one hour glucose test performed?

Many protocols: You take your blood test before, take a set amount of boost or any other high calorie supplement (i prfer just have the patient have a normal meal) and you do a blood sugar 1 hr after. Some people might still be using glucola 1.75 gm/kg of weight to a max of 75 gm (adult dose). ...Read more

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Is there a different blood glucose test performed at the doctor than what you can do at home?

Is there a different blood glucose test performed at the doctor than what you can do at home?

Yes: Home glucose monitors can check blood sugar at home. There are also home kits to test a1c, a measurement of your average blood sugar over 2-3 months. ...Read more

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I have not slept night and i have to go now for 3 hour Glucose test. Will it skew results?

No: The results of the three hour glucose test should not be skewed by your lack of sleep. Good luck! ...Read more

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Failed 1 hour glucose test with a 142. Is the 3 hr test really necessary? I knw the recommendations. But it seems like overkill just failed by 2 pts

Failed 1 hour glucose test with a 142. Is the 3 hr test really necessary? I knw the recommendations. But it seems like overkill just failed by 2 pts

Gestational diabetes: Gestational diabetes is a big deal but easily treatable and controlled. I would do the test, if anything at least for the peace of mind that you're doing everything possible to give your baby the best chance to grow optimally. ...Read more

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Can you explain results of glucose test help!!?

Can you explain results of glucose test help!!?

Glucose: Normal blood glucose levels are roughly 70-140 mg. If your doctor has you checking your blood sugar you could start by measuring on alternate mornings and evenings. If either or both of the results are higher than the list above you need to discuss this with your doctor. At your age diabetes can be beaten. ...Read more

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If the result of the glucose test is 147, what does it mean?

If the result of the glucose test is 147, what does it mean?

Depends: A fasting glucose over 125 is consistent with a diagnosis of diabetes. If the test was done within a few hours of eating it may be normal, or indicate some degree of glucose intolerance. You should get a hemoglobin a1c to better assess your overall glucose level. ...Read more

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For a glucose test, 6.0 is okay right?

For a glucose test, 6.0 is okay right?

May not be: If you're referring to the hba1c test, 6.0% may indicate a pre-diabetes condition if you don't already have a history of this or diabetes. If you have diabetes, then 6.0% indicates good blood sugar control overall (provided you aren't having lots of low blood sugars mixed in with high blood sugars). ...Read more

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Glucose (Definition)

Glucose is the basic sugar molecule and the source of energy throughout the living kingdom. We are programmed to easily detect it by taste in our foods as it is desirable but can be overdone with the modern diet. It gets out of control ...Read more


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Blood Sugar Monitoring (Definition)

Blood glucose monitoring refers to the ongoing measurement of blood sugar (glucose). Monitoring can be done at any time using a portable ...Read more